Predicting Winners of Top WR-CB Battles for Week 6

Dez Bryant vs. Sam Shields:

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Both of these players didn’t play in Week 5 and are questionable to even play in Week 6, but in this article, I’m assuming that every player that is questionable will play. If both of these players are healthy, then we will see a rematch of the famous Dez Bryant “catch”. Remember that play? He “caught” that ball over Sam Shields. The speed of Sam Shields versus Dez’s ability to high-point the ball should be a joy to watch. At the end of the day, you can be a very fast corner, but all that Dak has to do is toss the ball up, and Dez will come down with it. Dez has built a whole career off of doing that. I’m not about to doubt him now.

Winner: Dez Bryant

DeAndre Hopkins vs. Vontae Davis:

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Is it DeAndre Hopkins or Will Fuller that is the top receiver in Houston? That’s been a pretty hot topic of debate recently, as Fuller has been torching defenses with his speed, and Hopkins has only turned on one 100+ yard day. I’m sticking with Hopkins as the top receiver on this Texans team. He has been for the past two years, so I’m not going to dismiss him supremacy after just five weeks. As far as him versus Vontae Davis, I give Hopkins the edge here. Davis is starting to age, and while he is still a top cornerback, I feel like this is DeAndre’s breakout game this season.

Winner: DeAndre Hopkins

Brandon Marshall vs. Patrick Peterson:

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It’s hard to think that Brandon Marshall is 32 years old, because he’s playing like he’s still in his prime. The veteran is preparing for life after football, as he has already started a broadcasting career on NFL Network, but the way that he’s playing right now, I don’t think he needs to think about sitting at the booth for another three years. Marshall may be having another Brandon Marshall-type season, but I never bet against Patrick Peterson. He can stay stride for stride with any receiver in the game and is the modern day Houdini, as he makes receivers disappear on the football field. The only way to beat Peterson is to put the ball perfectly overtop of him, an with the way that Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing, I can’t see him being able to do that.

Winner: Patrick Peterson

Amari Cooper vs. Marcus Peters –

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Amari Cooper went off against a Jason Verrett-less San Diego Chargers squad. His 138 yards came on 6 catches, and he finally took back the crown of the top receiver in Oakland. Don’t get me wrong, Michael Crabtree is having a fantastic season, but Cooper is and will be the top receiver every time that he steps onto that field. Marcus Peters has given up some big plays this season, but he has also made some huge plays. Peters is prone to give up the big play, but Cooper doesn’t have the long speed to get by Peters, and that’s usually where Peters experiences some issues. Peters will shadow Cooper the whole game and keep him from beating him deep. Advantage: Peters.

Winner: Marcus Peters

Julio Jones vs. Richard Sherman

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This is the marquee matchup of the week. Of course, there is no guarantee that Sherman will follow Julio all game long, and he probably won’t, because it’s the Seahawks scheme. This has obviously been the big topic of conversation regarding Richard Sherman and his standing among the top corners of the game. In the snaps where he is lined up on Julio, I can’t imagine him getting torched. Sherman will hold his own against Julio Jones, but don’t count on Julio being silent either. This is the closest call of the entire week, but I’ll take Julio Jones. He has a quarterback in Matt Ryan who is incredibly in form, and that is the deciding factor.

Winner: Julio Jones

 

 

 

Who Needs a Running Back?

By LaDonna Williams14361441_10154526886119805_8005955062667035998_o

The excited was great this past weekend and Thursday night NFL games. There were some crazy endings, blowouts and a Seattle team that can’t seem to beat the rams. During Sunday’s games it felt like a good number of running backs went down with injury. Let’s talk about the NFL injury report.

Injuries

Vikings Adrian Peterson tore his meniscus. If he wants a partial repair he will be out 4 weeks. If he decides a full repair he will be out 4 months.

Chargers RB Danny Woodhead tore his ACL out for the season

Panthers Jonathan Stewart with a hamstring injury expected to miss a week or two.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah left the game with a sprained foot. He did get xrays and they came back negative.

Browns QB Josh McCown has a shoulder injury, how much time he will miss unknown. They did name Cody Kessler as a starter

Broncos LB DeMarcus Ware out 4-5 weeks after breaking his forearm.

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury. There have been different reports how long he will be out. So I will guess 2-6 weeks. Rookie Jacoby Brissett will be the starter for the next 2 weeks, until Brady comes back. Julian Edleman is number 2 QB.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster left Sunday’s game with a groin injury. Will miss week 3.

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls left Sunday’s game with a leg injury.

Redskins T Kedric Golston placed on IR with a hamstring injury.

Suspensions, Cuts and Signings

Lions cut TE Andrew Quarless after 2 game suspension. (He never played a game with them.)

Bengals claim 2016 3rd round CB KelVarae Russell after being cut by the Chiefs.

Rams DT Michael Brokers agree to 3-year $33M extension

Bills fire OC Greg Roman

News Around the NFL

Seahawks lose 2017 5th round pick, 1 weeks of OTAs for offseason violations. Fined$400k and Carroll fined $200k.

LaDainian Tomlinson, Hines Ward, Donovan McNabb nominated for 2017 Pro Football HOF class.

Panthers OL Trai Turner fined $9,115 for taunting in week 1.

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory drops his 10-game suspension appeal. Will be available to come back week 15.

Broncos S Darian Stewart fined $18,231 for helmet to-helmet hit on Cam Newton.

Broncos LB Brandon Marshall fined $24,309 for helmet to-helmet hit on Cam Newton.

Packers and LT David Bakhtiari agree to 4-year/$51.67M extension.

Scores

Jets 37

Bills 31

Bengals 16

Steelers 24

Titan 16

Lions 15

Ravens 25

Browns 20

Cowboys 27

Redskins 23

Saints 13

Giants 16

49ers 27

Panthers 46

Dolphins 24

Patriots 31

Chiefs 12

Texans 19

Seahawks 3

Rams 9

Buccaneers 7

Cardinals 40

Jaguars 14

Chargers 38

Falcons 35

Raiders 28

Colts 20

Broncos 34

Packers 14

Vikings 17